|Endangered African Languages - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Mwalimu Deo Ngonyani (MSU Linguistics) on his research on Kikisi - a Bantu language spoken by 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Malawi in southwestern Tanzania. Ngonyani elaborates on projects committed to preserving "small" languages and highlights the significance of government language policies, especially in regards to English and Swahili.
Keywords: Deo Ngonyani; Kikisi; language; linguistics; Swahili; Tanzania
|Drugs and Gender in Tanzania - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dr. Sheryl McCurdy (University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health) on drugs, gender, and violence in East Africa. McCurdy examines heroin use in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - its recent history, enabling conditions, and the differences between men and women users. She concludes with observations on the local "war on drugs" and then offers policy recommendations.
Keywords: Dar es Salaam; drugs; gender; heroin; HIV; Sheryl McCurdy; Tanzania; violence
|Maasai Women, Culture, and the Indigenous Rights Movement - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers) on Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania, with a focus on the experiences and perspectives of women. She discusses the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and Christianity, and then turns to the subject of her new book, Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous, which explores local activists' engagement with the transnational indigenous rights movement.
Keywords: anthropology; development; Dorothy Hodgson; gender; Maasai; Pastoralist Women's Council; Tanzania; women